Tipsville . . .

Sneed hears rumbles three potential candidates for U.S. attorney who may be recommended to replace U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon now that President-elect Donald Trump will be in charge of the nation, are thus:

• Former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins, who prosecuted former Gov. George Ryan — who, ironically, is a huge Trump supporter.

• Former Assistant U.S. Attorney John Lausch, of the Kirkland & Ellis Law Firm.

• Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Gil Soffer, of the Katten & Muchin Law Firm.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, who is the senior member of he Illinois congressional delegation from the GOP side now that U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk went down in flames, is charged with recommending a candidate.

The search process is in the infancy stage.

OPINION

The Byrne beat . . .

Who was that lady?

A mysterious blonde loaded with armfuls of pinecones, evergreen branches, and a big red Christmas bow was spotted by two Chicago cops recently decorating a small sign hastily erected last year at the old Water Tower Park, which was renamed in honor of the late mayor Jane Byrne.

“It was about 9:30 at night and I had just come from Home Depot,” said attorney Kathy Byrne, the daughter of the late mayor — the city’s only female mayor — who served from 1979 to 1983.

“My son, Willie, urged me to decorate mom’s sign, so I was in the process of doing so when two policemen — who must have thought I was nuts — came up to me and inquired: “Is this your mom’s park?

“They were wonderful and helpful and encouraging,” Byrne said.

“Remember, mom was the first mayor to give the Chicago Police a contract, and they never forgot it,” Byrne said.

“She was very respectful of their work. Because she had lost my dad so abruptly and violently, she knew what widows know — and was always vigilant about people killed violently.”

Tipsville II . . .

Sneed hears Byrne, an attorney specializing in workmen’s safety, is eyeing a step into the political ring.

“Well,” she tells Sneed, “I’d love to run for lieutenant governor — and am ready, willing and able to be chosen.”

Hmmm.

Stay tuned.

Merry Xmas, mayor!

Holy hydrant!

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was given a holiday present by the City Council in the private confines of his City Hall office Wednesday, a colossal red fire hydrant!

• To wit: The giant artwork, crafted by After School Matters kids, was inscribed with the names of three firemen who lost their lives in the line of duty on Rahm’s watch: Daniel Capuano, Capt. Herbert Johnson and Walter Patmon Jr.

• Backshot: Ald. Edward Burke (14th), the City Council’s unofficial historian, noted the fire hydrant was actually invented by a Chicago mayor: DeWitt Clinton Cregier, who held office from 1889-1891 and received a patent for his invention in 1875, four years after the Great Chicago Fire!

• Gulp! “In those days the Cregier fireplug served dual purposes as a drinking fountain for the public, a trough for the horses to water and as a useful tool to put out fires,” Burke said.

Who woudda thunk it?

Sneedlings . . .

Today’s birthdays: Krysten Ritter, 35; Theo James, 32, and former governor Pat Quinn, priceless.